Story Without End
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- Public Domain
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- American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T), Bell System
Studies possible trends of telephone service, including the improvement and expansion of service in rural areas and the development and application of microwave radio relay systems. Discusses the role of transistors.
Ken Smith notes: This film gives you a good feel for the vast, monolithic scope of the Bell System (or "the long arm of friendly telephone service," as the narrator of this film describes it) in the days when Ma Bell was still the world's greatest monopoly. A cheerful sales representative shows an appropriately dazzled group of average Americans a number of then-current Bell Telephone marvels -- repeaters, transistors, automated crossbar switching systems, microwave radio relay, coaxial cable -- and reminds them that "this is a business that has always dealt in the future!" "We've come a long way because we wanted to," the narrator adds.
05:10:38:15 - 05:11:07:18
Driving POV - we're looking up at only the tips of telephone poles and wires until there's a dissolve to clouds in the sky. We hear the sound of phone conversations.
Telephony Telephones Electronic communication Microwave radio Communications Construction Electronics Telephones (history) Telephone operators Television (transmission)
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Subject: Excellent Film
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Subject: excellent telephone history
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First is a group of everyday people at a bell labs telephone exhibit. One man is smoking his pipe.
the use of repeaters (amplifiers) to improve voice quality is shown. Next we see a demo of the smaller transistor version.
the benefits of the transistor are mentioned along with the anticipation of future uses.
A prophesizing alexander graham bell mentions his ideas of the future phone system.
The historical developments in telecommunications are discussed from his time until the present (at time of film).
Dialing, Cross bar switch, Operator assited toll dailaing, direct toll dialing, Expansion of network into rural areas. New cabling and installation equipment, video service, mobile phone, microwave towers, etc.
A boast is made that the engineers came up with problem solutions before the questions were even asked.
the film ending implies that the advancements will continue as this is a story without end.
Note: some footage duplication from speeding speech film.
A few minor sound glitches in film.
I recommend watching this film.